Memory Lane: Grantham teens went raving loony for ‘Screaming Lord Sutch’ in 1964

'Screaming Lord Sutch', centre, when he came to Grantham in 1964.

'Screaming Lord Sutch', centre, when he came to Grantham in 1964.

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Fifty years ago musician and founder of the Monster Raving Loony Party, ‘Screaming Lord Sutch’, came to Grantham’s Face Club with the BBC to film a documentary on his life.

The Journal reported that his appearance sent ‘hordes of teenage fans wild with delight’ and the picture printed in the Journal on October 9, 1964 shows some of them ‘admiring his 18 inch long hair’.

Although Sutch didn’t have a direct connection to Grantham, the documentary makers thought Face was a good location to show his musical and political popularity at the time.

Living up to his name, he screamed his way through policies like the right to vote at 18, no victimisation because of long hair, legalised radio stations, knighthoods for the Beatles and licences for cats.